In Israel, nine teenagers get killed due to a flash flood

29 April, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Correspondence between several girls who were killed in the flood.

The group of hikers were aged 17 and 18, according Israel Radio.

The academy's principal is reportedly one of two staff members who have been detained on suspicion of death by negligence.

Earlier, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 25 students in a pre-army course were "caught off guard" and some were "washed away" on Thursday by heavy rains as they were hiking in the area.

Officials said that the teenagers were killed during a hike intended as a bonding exercise for the students who were due to start the Benny Tzion pre-military academy.

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Flash floods are a common phenomenon in Israel and the West Bank after heavy rains, as surges of water run through narrow channels into the Dead Sea and the rift valley region that runs along the Negev Desert. The search for the missing person, conducted by police volunteers and Israeli army rescue helicopters, stopped as night fell.

Magen David Adom CEO Eli Bin told an Israeli radio station that the rescue teams are "racing against the clock to save lives".

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin issued a statement about the flood on Twitter, saying, "Our thoughts and prayers go to our brothers, children, our loved ones, and those in danger". On Wednesday, a teenage Bedouin and a Palestinian girl also died in flash floods that hit Israel and Palestinian territories.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying: "All of Israel laments in the awful tragedy that cut short the lives of ten young, wonderful people who had such promising futures". Separately, Algeria announced six people lost their lives in the last 48 hours.

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